Game Two, Round Two | Bruins vs. Islanders
The Boston Bruins hope to extend their playoff winning streak for the sixth time in franchise history as they face the Islanders for Game Two. Saturday’s 5-2 statement win over the Isles was met with thunderous cheers from the Bruins faithful. Both teams meet at TD Garden tonight and here’s hoping the crowd will once again serve as an important confidence booster.
Boston will need to continue to shut down the Islanders’ forechecking while keeping those turnovers to a minimum. As with most playoff games (and especially with the Bruins), getting unnecessary penalties will stifle any momentum during crucial moments. The B’s will also need to make Islanders’ possible starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov bounce around in the net and create some rebounds. Something the Bruins’ coaching staff certainly have paid attention to: Varlamov has not played since May 20th after the 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh and lost each of his starts against the Penguins. During the regular season, he went 5-1-0 against the Bruins. There may also be a chance the team may see Ilya Sorokin in the net again.
The Bruins power play is second behind Tampa (8) in the postseason with seven and the Isles will certainly look to limit time in the penalty box. Boston’s first line has the attention of the Islanders coaching staff as they look to “contain” the dubbed “Perfection Line” (much to chagrin of many Bruins fans). While the B’s and Rask were able to reign in the game, (especially during the third period) expect a more hard-hitting Islanders team as they look to fix up some loose ends in their game plan.
Unfortunately, Boston will be without Craig Smith who is out due to a lower-body injury. Jake DeBrusk will skate alongside Taylor Hall. and David Krejci. Karson Kuhlman returns to the lineup since his last game on May 11. He’ll be slotted next to Nick Ritchie and Charlie Coyle. The Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak line need to keep their game strong. In Game One, they combined for six points.
Tonight’s game also features some personal career highs. Brad Marchand is one point away from logging his 100th NHL Playoff point. Rask will also be playing his 100th NHL playoff game while Head Coach Bruce Cassidy’s next win will be second on the team’s all-time coaching Playoff win. Currently, Boston Bruins very first coach and general manager Art Ross is ahead of Cassidy.
Moving forward in this series, the Bruins need to take advantage of any mishandling of the puck down the Islanders’ end. And stay out of the penalty box.
PROJECTED LINEUP-BOSTON BRUINS
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall – David Krejci – Jake DeBrusk
Nick Ritchie – Charlie Coyle – Karson Kuhlman
Sean Kuraly – Curtis Lazar – Chris Wagner
Matt Grzelcyk – Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly – Brandon Carlo
PROJECTED LINEUP-NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Leo Komarov — Mathew Barzal — Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier — Brock Nelson — Josh Bailey
Kyle Palmieri — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Travis Zajac
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech — Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy — Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene — Noah Dobson
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7: 30 PM, TD Garden. NBCSN
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